We reported the news on this yesterday, and it seems that Graham Carr has identified 22 year-old Norwegian Jo Inge Berget – who can play up front as a striker or out on the wing – as a Newcastle target, and the new news is that Newcastle will bid £2M for the player in January.
Jo Inge Berget – Newcastle to bid £2M in January?
Berget is currently at Molde in Norway, and since joining them in 2010 from Italian club Udinese, he’s been one of their star players apparently, and has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for the Norwegian Premier League club.
The report of the potential £2M deal is in The Sun, and we have no idea how much truth there’s in it, but it would be the way Newcastle get their players these days, with Chief Scout Graham Carr ferreting out some good players who are still young, and who can then be brought to Tyneside for meager transfer fees.
The player himself doesn’t know what’s going on, other than what he reads online, and he had this to say to Romerikes Blad:
“I don’t know any more than what is written on the internet.”
His agent is Jim Solbakken, and Jim says he has indeed been in touch with Newcastle and Alan Pardew, but he refused to say if his client Berget was included in those discussions:
“I have been in touch with Newcastle for many reasons, including regarding forwards, but I don’t want to say if we have discussed Jo Inge.”
Of course what agents say is usually unreliable, because their motives are to get their clients to new clubs, or at least on new contracts, which is how they get paid, so it’s always wise to take what they say with a pinch of salt.
It’s hard to know if this player would be a decent buy for Newcastle, even at just £2M, but we wonder if some of our Norwegian readers have seen the lad play – and if so what’s he like?
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